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“FACES For the Future” promotes a safe, productive, and healthy community

It’s no surprise that youth living in poverty experience both a significantly higher risk of academic struggles and higher drop-out rates. However, simply participating in an after-school program drastically changes the odds in favor of these students, leading to a higher rate of academic success. A shining example of an afterschool program working to help […]

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Young people lead the way in Fresno BHC’s effort to improve local parks

For far too long, our poorest residents have had their futures decided by a limited number of people who have held power in our communities. But since 2010, our Building Healthy Communities effort has demonstrated countless times that empowering residents to get involved in the decisions impacting their lives, not only changes the odds, but […]

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As a young medical student, I began noticing the correlation between healthy residents and their socio-economic status. It quickly became clear that your zip code impacted your health more than your genetic factors. There can be as much as a 25-year difference in life expectancy between neighborhoods 1.5 miles away from each other. When I […]

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#WeAreBHC – Building Healthy Communities Convening (June 6-7, 2017)

This year the Building Healthy Communities 14 sites held their annual convening in Sacramento.  In the days of the convening they were able to showcase the powerful and sustaining work of BHC to California Decision makers.

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A Tale of Two Zip Codes – Spanish

Cuando se trata de nuestra salud, nuestro código postal importa más que nuestro código genético.Para muchas comunidades en California y en los Estados Unidos, el acceso facil a opciones de comida saludable, parques de ejercicio, y las buenas escuelas determinan la calidad y duración de vida. La iniciativa de construyendo comunidades sanas fundada por The […]

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How Racism is Killing White Americans

Author: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. Date: Monday, Dec 05, 2017 Originally published at Daily Kos   The most interesting thing about the Trump phenomenon is not Donald Trump, it is his mostly white poorly educated working class constituency and the real pain they are experiencing in […]

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An Epidemic of White Death: A Canary in the Coal Mine?

According to preliminary data from an ongoing new health study, reducing access to health care or weakening the health care safety net could have severe consequences for the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. This is a region that already suffers from high unemployment, deep poverty and skyrocketing drug use…and surprisingly, the white population may […]

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Priority Policy Changes

THE WHAT OF BHC Health Happens when all of us matter. Building Healthy Communities partners are changing the odds so that every Californian gets a chance at a long, healthy life by addressing the causes of poor health. Health has more to do with place than doctors’ visits. The odds are stacked against low-income communities and […]

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